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    August 5, 2013
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we had one in '09, then came the big money cutting. and so i think that when we end on tonight, weaving in and out of these excellent suggestions and hopefully we'll have answers to some of your questions, the ps faces the same uphill battle. the executive order was signed a year ago, and we don't have a budget today. we don't want to throw stones. we want to ask the broader politics, do you recognize that we, too, are america? so i'm looking forward to getting in the mix and getting you further energized that you've already been, but i want you to keep that in mind so they don't say, what are they doing? why aren't they doing anything? my god, i can tell you. we go to bed doing something. we're hanging on in the dark of
night trying to do something. but we've got to turn america around to recognizing that when you deal with these issues, you are loving america, you are building america. and we should not take second class citizenship to say our issues should be pushed back and others be pushed forward. i thank you for being here tonight. >> i'm going to come down in the audience. tereasa v. smith. please raise your hand. please come down to the front. tereasa's question -- members of congress -- is -- and i think this -- i'm getting a lot of these questions. you heard some solutions here tonight. how do you intend to work with established groups to have vision for helping young people to have an economic base for money for many years. how do you intend to work with established groups that have a vision for helping young people
for having an economic base for many years? the solution this evening from many folks in the stage, how does the congressional black caucus plan to work with the groups. how are you already responding to those groups? this is tereasa smith. >> i'm asking that question because we always hear the term, "unity," you know, there's strength. but if you don't have anyone listening to you, you can't have strength. so what i'm asking is that for you to look at the established groups that have already been working such as reverend al sampson who's a visionary, a civil rights worker. and he has had black tradesman council. he's got a farmer's market.
he's working so hard as the food desert as you mentioned, and we need to get rid of the division where everyone is doing their own thing and we need to come together and find out where these things are happening because being a former educator, i was an educator. i was alternative high school. and in that classroom, we had 16 -- up to seniors. and if you don't listen to the wisdom that's there among all people, okay, you're not going to accomplish anything. so in that classroom, we listen to the wisdom of the young people and we listen to the wisdom of the older people and it's an each one teach one environment. >> i'm so happy that there's all age people here. because we wanted to hear from the people on the ground, from the people experiencing all of the things that are going on. but importantly, i wanted to
hear from the people that are doing things pause we don't have to reinvent the wheel. we have a lot of good things going on now. i want to know how we can further support -- >> there you go. >> what i'm saying that there are all age of people here -- where's my mic? i don't know? i'm so glad there are all age people here and there are all ages earlier, because we want to hear from everybody. everybody has ideas and suggestions living in the community. you can tell us what you think will work. the other thing is i was hoping people who are involve in good things have shared those because i don't think we need to keep inventing the wheel. we need to support what's going on in chicago now. there are a lot of good
thingings. we're not connecting with each other. so sometimes we don't nope the good things going on. and i i think we need to give resources, people, money, i'm not sure what everybody needs to further those programs, expand the programs, duplicate those programs in what's been mention md. we want to take the show on the road. we want to go to new orleans, baltimore, other places. it's not just in chicago that these things are occurring. the plan when we leave here is going back to the rest of the caucus to let them know what went on here. you will hear from us. we are committed to you hearing from us. we need to hear from you. we can't do it alone. we want to help you. >> i want to thank you for that. it's also an established group, it's the 1570 club. 1570 a.m. by harold davis. we're working with those two. those are two established actionry groups happening in
chicago right now. >> thank you so much. i'm looking for mr. noel green. his question -- at the root of the violence issues within our communities as a global economic crisis, how will each of you, illinois congress people and the great congresswoman from texas work to foster the education of the economic plight of our communities to a destiny of economic vitality. mr. noel green, executive director of e-squared business development fund. e-cubed, excuse me. >> well, i guess -- we do it in many ways. i'm one who believes in i have 20 advisory groups that i work with. in my congressional districts, ranging from everything early
childhood development to business and economic development. we meet regularly. some of them meet every month. some meet every other month. some meet twice a month. we are engaged all the time. some of us are almost as old as sampson. we've been working with sampson for a long time. so we're actually engaged with the kind of activity anybody can join our groups. all you got to do is give us a call at 773-533-7520. most of the legislation -- >> say that one more time, congressman. >> 773-533-7520. most of the legislation that we have gotten passed originated
with our group's meeting. one is the $5 million that people have gotten who have h.i.v. aids organizations whose budgets are less than $100,000 a year. and the money comes from a lottery scratchoff. that came from one of our town hall meetings. that's the idea was generated. the second chance act was generated at one of our town hall meetings. that's where it came from. so we're engaged in the ways that you're talking about. and we do it with consistency and regularity. >> congressman, i'm committed to working with small business. >> what is wrong with this?
i am committed to working with small business. it's small business that's the backbone. when you have a small business of this neighborhood, you're going to hire the neighborhood person. i'm committed to keeping the government's feet to the fire if there's a local hometown project, we need to hire the hometown contractors, minority businesses and women businesses. that's not done enough. and i've met with various people to ensure that that's going to happen, asking for a report. also, i'm on science, space, and technology. we just had a stem meeting with various universities in my district and entrepreneurs and actually one of the public schools because the thing that's happening. there's job openings, but what we keep hearing from the ford plant, from other manufacturing plants, they can't find enough skilled workers. i want to make sure we take the unskilled into skilled and we can do that through the community college. you don't have to have a college
education. you don't have to have a four-year degree. manufacturing is not what it used to be. the other thing i'm committed to is trying to find businesses to adopt the local high schools, even junior high schools so that we can build into the curriculum the skills that are needed to get the jobs of the future. it's not what it used to bchlt things are different. >> congressman rush? you want to comment on that? >> i want to say we have some roles that we play as legislators. and one of the roles -- i'm on the energy and commerce committee. one of the oldest and most powerful committees in the congress. and i'm a senior member of that committee.
and i'm the leading democrat on the subcommittee on power. and as part of my day-to-day work as a member of congress, i have energy companies coming before the committee and coming before the meeting with me in my office because they have a particular concern and issues. and so i have the responsibility and i have so many responsibilities, courageously and enthusiastically, of making sure that every energy company that i'm in contact with, whatever their initiative is, that they have positions for minority participation. contracts. we -- i had the -- i had the --
the head of the american gas association, the pipeline association. the american pipeline association. this is about six months ago. came to them before the committee. i asked him because i was the only black on the subcommittee or i'm the ranking member on the subcommittee. i asked how many minorities were in his association? all right? and the guy couldn't answer that. he never had a question like that asked him -- of him by a member of congress. he turned beet red. because he didn't have the answer. he told me he would get back to me. i knew that before i asked him. so the point i'm making is there
is leverage if you have the conscious -- there's leverage to make sure that african-americans are included in the discussion, in the consciousness of some of these major corporations and that they aggressively and affirmatively go out and help expand or create black business. and we had a lot of success along those lines. but that's not the only thing that you can do. because you have -- you're in a position of influence. so i had to take off my hat as being the leading democrat or the ranking member on congress and corinne came and told me congressman that they are trying to take your money out of illinois and put it some place else.
that's got me focused on the whole create program. so we are getting that money refocused and channeled and protect that money. once we protected that money, then i find out when i look -- i was told this -- that our $93 million, one black firm, a
so comcast needed my support, other members' support. well, i told him -- i told the comcast folkings. if you are going to -- you want to get my support on this, then you're going have to create black forum television station. i had a hearing here in chicago. all right? and comcast in order to get support, they, in fact created a -- they signed a memorandum of agreement.
then you move from one level to the next. and from that level to the next. for every issue, there's not necessarily a great legislative remedy. many legislative efforts take five to 10 years even when you get them passed. i'm saying even when you work on an idea that you've put in to a proposal to become a bill. it may take five, it may take ten years before you get that passed. but there are always things that individuals can do right where they are, right in their communities, right in their neighborhoods and you can't always be looking out there
somewhere for the solutions that can be found right here. >> if i could just add -- i wish that young man had not walked out. i can understand why they did. because here we are -- they have some issues right in front of them right here, right now. and that's fear. of being killed. all right? and what we're focusing on right now for the most part is adult problems. we have walked right beyond the problems that our children are having. we're not talking to them. we have them here in the room. we're talking about adult issues. why i didn't get no contract. why i didn't get money for my business. and we're walking past these children and therefore when we leave here, unless we switch the
agenda back to the emergency part of this summit and start talking about our children, all right, and what we going to do now and tomorrow about the killings that are taking place as we sit in this room, then we have missed the boat because adults have the capacity and the selfishness -- the self-interest, to look beyond the problems of the children and focus in on their issues and get the issues of the children expect to solve their problem. children cannot solve the children's problem because the children's problem is the insensitivity and the callusness of the adults that say that they love them.
you've got children on your mind, but you don't have them in your heart. you got to have children in your heart. right now, let's talk about the children. >> well, congressman rush. the next question, a 9-year-old man named jermaine young. >> let me just add something -- >> while you're answering. can jermaine young find me, please. >> let me say that one of the answers is that we must use the word "emergency" one of the emergencies is the flow of guns. one of the ideas could be a national emergency response to gun trafficking. gun shootings range from chicago to washington to the west coast, the east coast, the south, and
the north. we left washington, they were burying two teenagers, a brother and a sister that had been shot dead in the streets. you go to my hometown, you can find the same things. but what are they using? guns that are coming in. so one of the things that can be done on a national level is to stop the flow of guns and to stop getting in the hands of whether it's gangs, someone wanting to perpetrate a crime against you walking down the street. whether it's somebody who wants to go to the grocery store. you have to stop the flow of guns. that's one of the things that we can take to washington because there are jurisdictions like yours with good gun laws, but guns are flowing in because there are no restraints on who can traffic guns because there are restraints put on the investigation by those who don't want to fund in a crisis which
is a flow of guns. stop the illegal flow of guns getting into our children's hands and causing them to kill or be killed. stop the flow of guns. >> thank you, congressman. we're looking for the 9-year-old young man. in the meantime, i'll ask his question to the four of you. he asked, jermaine young. why do you all still assume that gang violence is from young youth gang banging? why do you all still assume that gang violence is from young youth gang banging? >> well, i heard something quite interesting today. that's why i really want to listen to the young people. because i think that those of my generation and maybe those of other generations, i don't know, i think we're really missing the boat here.
i was in on the -- when i was in the breakout session on gang violence. the young men -- one of the young guys that walked out, i said, you know, your definition of gangs has changed. see you're using the 1990 definition of gangs. he say the -- in the '90s, these gangs were more drug control. they were more drug directed. he said but that's not it anymore. now it's more turf directed. it's more turf driven. now, we don't get that, we're going be following the media. and it's talking about gangs that are dealing drugs. and miss the drugs about the
gangs killing over turf. when i heard that, the first thing that came to my mind is the spirit has been working with me on this, i'm talking about cha here in chicago. and the the forced migration of 40,000 families out of public housing. a public policy issue. now, we all admit, poor housing, deteriorating housing. the worst kind of houses you ever want to live in. warehouses, the effect of tearing them all down and the same time pushing them into
chatle and westchesterfield and south fork, all right. now what you got now? you got turf wars because you have those young ones who are not -- they don't have the pillars. they don't have the foundation in these communities so they're trying to -- we can connect and fit in their world so this block is against this block and this block is against this block. that is why we have this killing because we don't have gangs no, ma'am. we've got blocks and they're all armed. armed to the gills. the neighbor from the next block. that's what's going on in this city and the fact is -- the fact is that we have to deal with
that policy. the largest forced migration in the history of this country. we have to speak to that and understand that. now, that -- the violence, the policy directed violence is followed just this year with opposing a one-time for schools. so it's a war against our young people and we're talking about, well, i ain't got no contract, congressman. let's focus on the real war. and that war -- it's totally
destroying our sense of community here in chicago. so we have to deal with that. >> congressman, you go back to work in august in washington. >> next week. >> what is the plan? what is the plan? so when you go back to washington and we certainly understand and have compassion for the friction that you all feel when you go back to washington. but what is the plan? when you go back, what are -- you heard from folks this evening, from today, you know the issue. you live the issue for decades. what is the plan? >> i think the plan is that we're going to take three or four very concrete initiatives and ideas that we will promote and try to convince other people
to the very same ones. we know what causes are. we know what problems are. we even know what solutions are. but what we're not able to do is to implement those things that can solve and will solve the problems. early childhood education, everybody agrees, is a good thing. that every child should have optimal opportunity to get the very best education that they can get. i don't know anybody who disagrees with that. but making it happen, making it real, making it work, becomes the challenge. or there might be another issue.
the things that schools can do, if we're talking specifically about the question of violence, there is anti-bullying legislation that has been introduced as a matter of fact, sheila jackson lee as well as myself have bills calling for curriculum to be developed that actually help to teach young people that there's a way to resolve conflict without resorting to violence. that's part of the long road home. but you have to take it and make use of it. then we have all of these disparities that we know exist. we've been fighting them since
nat turner. we're aware. not only are we aware, but the rest of society is aware. how do you generate the leverage that you need to bring about the change that you are seeking. efforts are under way. every day. struggle is ongoing every day. and we meet with efforts of success. don't ever think success never comes or much stays the same. so the struggle goes on. we'll be struggling for years and years to reach the level of
equality -- equal justice, equal protection, under the law. there is no quick and and dirty solutions. there are no easy answers. there are no panaceas. so there's no point to delusion ourselves into believing that there is. struggle, strife, and pain are the prerequisites for change. always has been, always will be. [applause] >> i have probably close to 100 questions here and i've read through most of them. there are some amazing questions here. in the interest of time, it's friday evening. i want to be respectful of your time, certainly. i'd ask the members of
congress, do you have a question? please, this is -- >> can you hear me? i want to know from the audience, someone asked what can we do -- this was an emergency summit. and i really want to know the answer to when someone said should we bring military to the blocks? what do people -- i want to know what you think? should we bring a state police or -- i'm not saying i'm for it one way or the other. but i want to know what you think. >> quick show of hands. >> people are afraid to sit on the porch or go to the store or send their kids to school, then what is going to make you unafraid? is it more visibility or what -- that's what i want to nope. >> so can i ask a question, congresswoman, in the interest of time, would you all commit to sticking around and talking to folks one-on-one afterwards for a little bit. >> for a little bit. >> she has to catch a plane. >> please. >> she has to catch a plane. is my mic, can you hear me?
let me build on what my members have said. again, let me indicate that your members are here, congressional black caucus members are here. you saw many of them today. some of us flew in late. just so we could be part of caring about what is happening to our young people. we have something called the justice working group of the congressional black caucaus. your members are a member of it. and my promise to you is that i said something about gun trafficking. we have talked around it in washington. well, there is something to all of these guns being around. it's not the ones that yue have in your home that you're -- you know, no one is trying to break the second amendment. but the ease of getting guns is because you can't seem to get people to understand so we have an agenda. universal background checks. banning these assault weapons. passing anti-bullying and prevention -- meaning that the
resources to intervene just like second chance worked, then getting people a second chance with a job. the list of gun laws that many of us have introduced, simple ones, and, yes, dealing with some of the laws that did not work in sanford, florida, dealing with stand your ground. dealing with the self-defense that winds up people who are wanting to not do right can use to avoid prosecution. one thing we have to concede is we're not getting killed with a fist. we're getting killed with guns in the wrong hands and bullets. and you have to ask yourself, where are these coming from. so the justice working group and the congressional black caucus, we're hearing all of that, is going to ask the hard questions,
produce legislation, and also seek the resources because there's nothing wrong as asking as bobby has said, let children be the priority on the federal level that deals with education and summer jobs. and i will leave to the expert about how the gangs are moving around, whether it's turf, whether it's drugs. whether it's one gang against another. but we do know people are dying. and i think we need to leave here with the burden of the members who put together an omnibus, an emergency plan and funding. and i can tell you no one up here is a wallflower. and that this will be heard next week loudly and clearly. and the good news is -- let me say the good news -- in our churches -- it's the good news
coming. we've got some brilliant, brilliant strategists coming out of the diverse community. the african, latino community. we've got brilliant folk. but they need to be heard. it's got to be, "we too, are america." whether they come with their plan, whether it's naacp, the urban league, guys, you have to know, that whatever the national label, these folk are working hard. not going to bring up the voting rights act. but that's on our plate. that's got to deal with how we've got people who are representing that's going to be interested in getting money to put our children first. so if you work with us to get an anti-violence agenda by your voices and working with your members, you can be assured that the congressional black caucus, all of the members that came, are going to take this back to
washington. they're not going to talk to ourselves. we're going to talk to the idea of a heard, listened to, and acted upon agenda. the great society in the 1960s, that's old terminology. we're going to come up with something great that's going to deal with our children based upon what i know my members heard and what i heel take ape way. but don't forget, we came here about gun violence and don't let anybody say we didn't hear what we need to do about preventing gun violence and serving the lives of -- saving the lives of our children. so i've gotten -- i heard you. i've got folks to work with. and i thank them for working with me today. >> congressmen, do you want to leave with closing words. >> yeah, i would. thank you so much. first of all, i want to just say to those who have been here, whatever time you've been here,
sheila i really thank you for coming to chicago for this. and maxine and corinne and sandra, they come from their districts and i know how troubling it is to come to another city. so i really appreciate you for coming and maxine and others for coming. danny and robin and -- i really appreciate the opportunity to work with them. and i appreciate -- let me bring one in here. those who were here, had to leave, those who came in later, those who participated in the brain trust -- in the breakouts, this has been an historic day, a remarkable day. not only for the conversations inside the breakout sessions, but the conversations in the cafeteria, the conversations on the sidewalk, in the hallways, a
lot of conversations going on around this particular issue. and when we as a community start having conversations about the problems and we are well on our way to solving the problems. it's when we don't talk to each other, that's when the problems become more magnified and intense. let me leave you one thought. one thought that i have is that i don't know how many of you here have volunteered to you to really spend any time working in your church, in your schools, on your block, in your -- on these issues with these young people. i mean, the young people need the love and the support and the time of the adults.
i tell the story about young people two years ago was in our office. they come in every year. one particular group. they had been in washington six days. and this was the internet trip to washington. and they came in to see their congressman and i said for 45 minutes, they were asking me questions about legislation and my position on legislation and i -- we went through that very nice thoughtful conversation, taking questions, then in the end of it, i asked them -- i now have two questions i want to ask you. what is your biggest problem? these children were from hirsch high school and from simeon and king. you know, a cross section. i said what is your biggest problem. this is just after damian.
our biggest problem is fear. fear is our biggest problem. fear of being shot. fear of being stabbed, fear of being clubbed. fear is our biggest problem. to school, from school, walking to the store. our biggest problem is fear. stunned me. that we have in our community, our neighbors, our neighbors' children, our young people's major problem is fear. i said, okay. i said to myself, okay, well what can we as adults do about it? and they said, give us some of your time.[applause] they didn't ask for more money. they didn't ask for a wrench. they didn't ask for laws to be passed. they didn't ask for president obama to create a commission. they said, give us more of your
time. if we would invest more of our time with these young people, we could stop this violence. [applause] number one. the second thought that i had is how do we -- this is a national movement. it's not just a -- it's -- chicago is just the epicenter of it. it really is going across some of these -- i don't know where these tv cameras are, but some people in philadelphia are going to see and hear about this, read about this and some people in oakland, california going to hear and read about this. and they're going to wander, well, what are they doing in chicago? how is chicago working this situation out? one thing that i don't think we take a lot of time and effort -- we've got 30 days before the national march on washington --
the date that it took place, august 28. we have one month. today is the 27th? so we have one month. >> 26th? >> 26th. okay, two days, all right. why, if you and i can agree on this, why are we working over the next 30 days, e-mailing, texting, sending facebook communicating. and ask for a national day of nonviolence in our communities on august 28?[applause] now, i'm -- what i'm not saying that that's going to solve the problems. but just the process of going through that will make a difference in some communities.
if you organized your church around just that simple idea -- one day, just that simple idea, organize your block, organize your school, organize -- give them to these communities. one day, a national day of nonviolence, and let's declare it and let's just make that happen. no humans on that day calling a cease-fire on that day and if we do it, then, then we'll be empowering ourselves to take more definitive action. >> thank you for that. congressman kelly? take us home? >> once again, i just want to appreciate all of you that have taken the time to come. we know we put this together in emergency fashion. and not a lot of notice and i'm sure a lot of this is preaching to the choir. but the choir needs reminding, practicing, rehearsing. we're asking the choir to get more singers. we need a community. we need a community to get
involved and it's an old proverb but it's going to take a village, going to take us and you who represent many different entities. thank you so much again. and i'm passionate about this. your zip code should not determine your opportunity. and i just want to make sure as someone said, we had this meeting 10 years ago. well, 10 years from now, i don't want us to be having this meeting. thank you. >> if i could -- >> please -- >> the level of corporation has been incredible. we've had the governor of our state. we've had the mayor of our city. we've had several local elected officials. we've had community groups and organizationings. we've had faith leaders. and i want to thank all of those
who have combined to make everybody more productive weekend. i want to thank all of our staffs and the staff of chicago state university for their engagement, their involvement, their cooperation. i want to thank the congressional black caucus staff, each of the staffs here in chicago and washington.
continuous organization. it takes all of that. it has been productive. people are going to ask what happens as a result. seen.ains to bee question. a growing up, we thought but were wise little boys. there was a man in town called uncle joe.
the idea was if we could ask idea is if we could ask a joy question he could not answer, then everybody would know we were smart. we caught ourselves a mockingbird. we figured he would know we had a mockingbird. but then we would ask him, if the bird was alive or dead. if uncle joe that the bird was alive, we would squeeze it and kill it. open our hands and everybody could see that he was wrong. if he said the bird was dead, we would simply open our hands and the bird would fly away. so we ran to him with our plan. we says, uncle joe, we want to ask you something. do you know what we've got in our hands? so he looked and said, little
boy, in your hand is a mockingbird. we kind of punched each other and said, well, we got him now. we said, uncle joe, can you tell us if the bird is alive or dead? uncle joe actled like he was about to answer. then he looked at the two of us and he said, little boys -- the answer to that is in your hands. the success of this weekend summit, and its success is really in all of our hands as we leave based upon what we do. we thank you for coming. >> that is a beautiful way to end this inspiring evening. i do want to -- i have one piece of housekeeping here. these incredible people don't stop.
tomorrow, 9:00 a.m. at kennedy king college, there is the congressional black caucus presents the health brain trust of making good health my reality. congress people will be there at 9:00 a.m. a town hall on health at kennedy king college. i would say this, i want to thank congresswoman sheila jackson-lee, congressman rush, congressman david kelly, and congresswoman corinne brown who had to leave here. but most important as congressman davis said, i thank you all for being here in the spirit of congressman rush and mr. davis' childhood story -- on august 28, he asked us would we commit to a day of nonviolence in the city of chicago and across this nation.
and as congresswoman kelly said -- sometimes if you were preaching to the choir. i think we know the answer to that question. but in that spirit and leading us in a celebration of positivity to the end of the evening, if you would commit to that day and every day, would you please stand up. let's have a safe evening this evening on friday. god bless the city of chicago and god bless these united states of america. thank you so much.[applause]
>> some live events to tell you about here on c-span. tomorrow, a discussion about the future of islam and egyptian politics. the transitioning government after the ousting of president morsi. venable will be live at the national press club from remarks from wendy davis. a 10 houre let filibuster against a senate abortion bill. and tomorrow evening, you can watch the first new jersey senate debate between democratic candidates cory booker, sheila oliver. that gets underway at 7:30 p.m. eastern also live on c-span. >> now a joint committee on the management of firearms by the park police. after inspector general report wanted to areas of negligence.
among those testifying are hard police chief teresa chambers and jonathan jarvis. this one hour 45 minutes. >> i will like to state the mission statement. we exist of two fundamental principles. americans have the right to know that money is well spent. our duty in the committee is to protect these rights. our responsibility is to hold government accountable because taxpayers have a right to know what they get. we will work tirelessly with watchdogs to deliver the facts the american people and bring reform to the federal bureaucracy. this is the mission of the oversight and government reform committee. we appreciate you being here in an effort with the natural resources committee to conduct an important oversight hearing today entitled missing weapons at the national park service.
i would also like to welcome mr. grijalva. i know others, my colleagues, also involved in these tly. i am pleased to hold the hearing today with my friend and the gentleman from utah, representative bishop, the chairman of the house committee on public lands. and i look forward to working with him on an ongoing basis. the proceedings result from a need to address questions and concerns raised in a june 27 report from this year issued by the u.s. department of interior's office of inspector general. in the report the oig made serious charges, including finding insufficient accuracy and the oversight of the u.s.
park police and firearms program. during the course of the investigation, oig found evidence of conditions that would allow for theft and misuse of firearms and the ability to conceal the fact if weapons were missing. despite requirements to maintain an accurate firearms inventory, oig found u.s. park police found records were inaccurate and failed to account for hundreds of firearms. if these findings are accurate, the lack of accountability is completely unacceptable. given that clearing findings about the park police lack of accountability for their program, i am interested to learn whether the ammunition used by the u.s. park police is properly accounted for. there was previously a hearing on april 25 this year. we found then that the government in some cases had not procured ammunition efficiently or effectively.
based on the seriousness of the charges in the report, the findings warrant further examination. there were examples where u.s. park police weapons were stolen or misused.
many of you participated in the department of homeland security classified briefing on cyber security threats at our winter nga meeting. this is just one example of what the resource center does. it is cochaired by two leaders, the michigan governor rick snyder and maryland governor martin o'malley, to help provide an overview of the work of the resource center and some of the work underway in michigan and maryland. we invited both governors to make,'s. governor snyder could not join us but we videotape summary mark. and then i will ask governor martin o'malley to talk about what is going on in maryland. with that, if we could run the governor rick snyder's videotape. >> i am michigan governor rick snyder. as we move into the 21st century, the benefits and convenience of online technology enhance our lives more and more each day. unfortunately at the same time, a tax on personal safety and economic security through the internet continue to grow and
expand. as cochair of the cyber resource center with governor o'malley we are committed to working with the nga and other states to enhance the cyber security posture with everyone. whether it is identity theft, espionage, or those who prey on our children, they affect all of us. families, businesses, and government at all levels. last year in michigan we blocked 294 million spam e-mails and moved millions of pieces of malware from e-mail and block 187,000 cyber attacks daily. it is important we are active in fighting these ongoing threats. michigan is a leader in protecting the vulnerable ecosystem. we are we are -- we organizing agencies to improve governance. we are revamping cyber training programs for state employees to improve the culture of awareness. michigan cyber range which tests and improve capabilities, michigan is fine -- strengthening cyber security. and 2011 we launched with great success our cyber initiative
during michigan cyber summer. today, i am glad to announce that in october we will host the 2013 michigan cyber summit to continue this important work. we are committed to cybersecurity as we strive to safeguard our families, protect our infrastructure and sealed -- shield our economy. thank you. >> we appreciate governor snyder's presentation by video. with that, i am going to turn it over to governor o'malley. >> and the presentation was flawless. i has been a great honor and want to thank you, mr. chairman, for your leadership and for charging the nca -- nga staff to move forward. i think most of us, would we think about that imperative of security, we find ourselves between two different eras, one pre-9/11 and one post-9/11 and one of the big domains that emerged in addition to the air andland and seeing -- sea space is the domain of cybersecurity.
but there is a lesson i think all of us have learned post-911 and post-katrina, and that is waiting for help to come from washington or even clear advice in these changing times to come from washington before we act is not a security strategy. and it is irresponsible. recently in most think in south carolina the damage that can be done by hackers and attackers. , in maryland,an cybersecurity is a key component of our homeland security efforts. and it is also an emerging sector of our innovation economy. for eating lots of jobs in public -- creating lots of jobs in public and private sector as well. our most effective tool, we believe, are the talents and skills of our people. our greatest defense and greatest offense. we are investing in better programs in our schools -- our high schools, community college, four-year universities, ensuring
students pursuing careers in this field have experience necessary to excel. and 2012 we created the maryland cybersecurity center at college park. within our community college system we have a pathways to cybersecurity careers consortium. we are raising awareness and educating state employees mandatory training, cybersecurity drilled and a regiment through the emergency management agency to make sure we do it on a regular basis moving forward. we are also working with the businesses to develop employer led training and highly skilled, high demand sector. so, we believe in our state that the things that get measured are the things that get done. and i thought the presentation was outstanding. there are so many metrics in this area that we need to bring to the floor. create common vocabularies, common language, common dashboards so we all have a sense that we are doing what we should and must to responsibly
protect our medical infrastructure which in this day and age absolutely positively has to include our cyber networks. and partnerships and collaboration are key. hickenlooper is fond of saying, collaboration is the new competition. it is clearly true in cybersecurity. that is why in 2012 we partnered with the national institute for standards and technology to launch the nationals at best cybersecurity center for excellence where experts from industry and academia are demonstrating cyber solutions that are scalable, affordable, and affect the. partnered with a tremendous resource in our state, the air national guard. 175th network warfare squadron. they are outstanding. they have come in and helped us in our exercises and the drills and training. i know the council of governors is anxious to explore a better defined role for our national guard in this new domain. this year we also signed a $3
million a year cybersecurity tax credit memo law to accelerate job growth in this field. for all of the focus we have seen in the national level, we still have a lot of work to do to elevate the collaborations between our federal government and state in this realm. that is where the nga's resource center in state cybersecurity is working. we are working to fill the void. one of these tools is the governor's call for action for cybersecurity that will lay out the framework all of us can pursue. governance authority, risk assessments, continuous home of her ability and threat assessments and the like. electronicroduced an dashboard governments can use understand their state level of readiness. and we are exploring other areas. one, stronger collaborations between our state and federal partners. second, we are looking for ways state can use their state owned fusion centers to support
stronger and more robust cybersecurity defenses within -- anan interstate -- intra interstate basis. and to develop better state policies to address the security of our data and our own infrastructure. fourth, we will be making recommendations on how governors can best develop a more highly skilled workforce to fill the inks of the need out there this new domain. so, the work of the resource center is essential and critical. i want to thank all of able staff who have been working on this. governor, thank you for your leadership on this. and also the grantmakers who have made this work possible. association,gas -- edison electric institute, hewlett-packard, ibm, northrop grumman, nuclear energy institute, symantec and vmware.
i thank you again for the opportunity to bring everyone up today. >> thank you. great presentation. the arena of collaboration. i understand delaware and maryland are looking together to be participating in the cyber aces academy, doing something together there. since i do have the microphone, i should point out that we were one of the first states in delaware to host the cyber challenge camp to attract young people to pursue a career in this area. we just graduated 47 students from our fourth annual camp. mentioned theley air guard. i think i see the tag of the wisconsin card over there. nice to see you again. thank you for being here. let's all recognize them to monthlies. [applause] us several with times this weekend, so i really appreciate. i actually wanted to turn the conversation in that direction for a moment.
from the health and homeland security committee will provide a brief update on nga's efforts through the council of governors which governor o'malley mentioned. the effort to improve how states can leverage their national guard assets to support cybersecurity. governor o'malley mentioned the great work done in maryland and the incredible assets to leverage, something i have learned in delaware as well as other states in the country. it is all yours. >> thank you, governor. as governor o'malley mentioned and governor markel mentioned, in addition to the work of the resource center nga is working through the council of governors to build a strong partnership with the department of defense and homeland security to address national cyber security vulnerabilities. a key focus is looking at how the national guard can be better leveraged to meet the needs of both the state and federal government, given its unique roles and responsibilities. levels of we know all
government face a shortage of trained and qualified personnel to both protect cyber networks in advance and respond to intrusions and attacks when they occur. the citizen soldiers of the national guard, their dual role of serving both the governors and president, can offer a readily available solution. national guard units include personnel who work in i.t. and cyber related field at -- field, at fortune 500 companies, and the nations top i.t. firms. this can provide states and the federal government with access to leading edge civilian acquired skill sets that are not otherwise readily available within the government. some national guard units have taken the initiative to start the leverage these capabilities. in several states, the national guard actively coordinating with homeland security advisers and emergency managers to build cyber incident response plans. they are also participating and actively take heart in national test cyberises to response capability. and at least one state, guard personnel perform cybersecurity missions on behalf of
the department of defense and also perform network vulnerability assessment for state agencies on behalf of the governor. ofking through the council governors, nga is supporting efforts to expand, enhance, and ask but i still used -- expedite the use of these capabilities. this will give another tool in the toolbox. nga is alsotime, coordinating with congressional offices to increase awareness of the guard as a readily available and cost-effective solution to the nation's cybersecurity challenges. legislation was introduced this past spring and boca house and the senate to provide the guard a stronger role in cybersecurity and provide each governor with a cyber incident response team. nga help her mother's legislation and help encourage congressional support for similar efforts. greatnkly have seen a deal of support in congress for these initiatives, and both are house and senate defense authorization bill include language this year that would encourage and in fact require
the department of defense to better consider the national guard capability to what he can bring to the table. is council of governors meeting again this afternoon to continue its discussion on these issues. one of the primary goals of that meeting would be to encourage the federal government to actively partner with states to build and execute a comprehensive plan to address the nation's cyber capabilities. supportwill continue to these and promote other efforts and opportunities for states to work at national level initiatives as partners with the federal government. and i am happy to answer any questions. >> thank you, heather, and thanks for the great job you are doing. what i would like to do at this point is to open it up to all the governors, any questions either for our speaker, governor o'malley, heather, or anyone else. >> i wanted to follow-up on what heather was saying in terms of the guard.what we put together
is a cybersecurity center and the national guard just had an exercise. we hired the top hackers --or at --ast ones who said they were. those willing to say they are. there are a lot of braggarts who say that we can breach anything, we can do whatever it is. i do not have all the results, but that is what we are doing right now is setting up our own cyber defense, if you will. to try towargames seeing where our vulnerabilities are. we call it a cyber range. it is a combination of the guard capacity and the university
point on our cyber defense spear. it is an anti-computer access best way guess is the we can say what it is. as i said, we do not have all of the results, but this can be done allegedly quickly using-- relatively quickly and use existing resources, which is what i am trying to drive at. the cyber capacity at the university, and the everyday training activity within the state department of defense, and the staffing there, is ongoing anyway. what we have done is formalized it. that is the principal forming our attempts to come to grips with some of the elements that have been cited so clearly here today.
>> thank you, governor. anyone else? so, maybe i will ask heather again, because i think there is really interesting work going on across the country. i do appreciate governor o'malley sharing some of the details. one is the -- what is the most important thing that the governors can do now to take it to the next level with a resource that are available to them? >> excellent question. i think there's a real opportunity here.we are seeing some slow signs of product -- progress, i think. the key thing is to encourage the department of defense to move quickly and allow the national guard units that want -- move forward in this area. that this is brought to the forefront early in all possible avenues of the conversation. u.s. cyber command is working on having the army and the air force, and the national guard when all of their resources work
in this issue concurrently. think through the council discussion today we will have a good opportunity to drive the discussion forward. there has been a great deal of interest and congressional support has move the conversation further along. governors support for encouraging that to move as quickly as possible is going to be critical. >> jack, may i just, just one further point? i should have added, i made it sound a bit too optimistic. we just put this together. i would be interested in maybe to have -- an appropriate point comment at an appropriate point. some equipment has been donated. art of the reason we are able to put it together is nobody wanted the hardware that we are using right now.
this is going to need -- i think we are going to lose on some of this, by the way. i do not think the results necessarily are going to be totally successful. because our defenses, if you will, are inferior. in terms of the servers, in , etc..f the routers i am not sophisticated enough to go into it any more deeply than that. my point is that those who do know tell me that the equipment that we are using -- i think we've got top-notch people, but the equipment we are using from their point of view is inferior. what is being told to me is we are going to have to make an investment if we want to go to more than just the motions of being able to defend ourselves. >> mr. chairman, i just wanted to underscore that none of us need to wait for the national guard and the department of
defense and all of those collaborations to come on board. some states will have an air guard that has greater expertise than others. i guess the point that i would you to underscore is that have great expertise in your own state. you know that you need a governing structure for this. you know that you have to conduct risk assessments. that we need to do more training and awareness of our employees. and you have the ability to do all of those things and also to draw on your own financial services and other industries to form your own cyber security counsel. look, why are we waiting for the washington national guard and every acronym in the arsenal to ship -- catch- up with this -- to catch up with us? in the meantime, what do i need to do so i do not have the soda breach of that south carolina had of personal information?
>> that was really what i was trying to get at. think -- i have asked in delaware, the head of the department of technology to see what the steps we are taking and it looks like a pretty good list. but i am just not sure what resources are available at nga so when i get the list that i can sort of tested against some best in class set of standards. can you run through the dashboard and some of the other questions? mr. chairman, there are materials available through the nga staff and through this center. there is a dashboard, a checklist. we are not talking about dreams and volumes of paper, but we are talking about the simple steps and actions you can take and go through. that is available through this center. the names andso e-mails of our other partners who are part of this board who
would be delighted to have a governor call them or reach out to them and say, what advice can you give me on this, that, or the other piece? with the other homeland security aspects, there is no substitute for the drilling, the training, and the metrics the distinguished presenter laid out for us. is that accurate, heather? nga -- ok. if you can make sure all the governors received the kind of checklist that governor o'malley is talking about. to make sure, as we are questioning people in our states, that we are asking all the right and all the tough and appropriate questions. ok? all right, thank you. with that, i want to thank all of you for this session. what i want to do now is: the committee chairs -- and thank
you very much for your presentation. i want to call the committee chairs to give brief reports and the work of the committee. i want to start on the economic development and calm -- the resources committee, and the governor of south dakota. >> thank you, governor. yesterday the economic development and commerce committee and the natural resources committee had a joint meeting. it had a very productive session on the state of our nation's infrastructure. we had a couple of very good guest speakers. we first heard from bill shuster, u.s. representative who is the chairman of the house committee on transportation and infrastructure. we got the vantage point of the house of representatives. immediately following his answers to questions, we ,eceived another distinguished
the newly appointed secretary anthony foxx, who held forth on his blue points on our infrastructure -- viewpoint on our infrastructure. we had great questions from the governors who were there. i want to thank everyone for being that meeting, and for participating in the discussion. >> thank you. >> for the education workforce committee, governor malloy.sorry to interrupt. >> thank you. the education workforce ready, we discussed increasing workforce innovation to close the skills gap, create jobs, and we heardily incomes. from a distinguished panel, including the president and chief executive officer of the work lace they stand connecticut and we also heard from the director of the iowa workforce development. as discussed what we were doing and i to accelerate job creation and economic growth.
governors also discussed the reauthorization of the workforce investment act and the importance of restoring the wia 15% set-aside that helps governors deploy programs that meet the needs of our local employers. finally, we would be remiss if we did not take a moment to , the directorn of education and workforce committee, who is departing the nga after a decade. joan accepted a new challenge working with all of our colleges and universities to ensure our higher education systems continue to be the best in the world. for more than nine years, joan has worked on behalf of our state. when she was hired, she was charged with putting governors back in the forefront of national policy debates and there is no doubt that governors are in the forefront of those discussions. she has been a fierce and effective advocate on our behalf and i would ask all of you in applauding her
service to the nga. [applause] that concludes my report. >> thank you. i want to add my word of thanks to joan as well. she has done a wonderful job. governor o'malley, on behalf of the health and homeland security committee. >> mr. chairman, thank you. on friday, we met to discuss two important topics in both of them -- one of them had to do with making sure that we are doing everything in our power to connect our veterans to employment opportunities and other benefits when they come home on the battlefield. we were joined and heard the presentation of alison hickey, the assistant secretary for the department of veterans affairs. they are making some important improvements of there to use modern technology, sort of one- stop portals and the like to create common platforms that states can access so we can
reach out to our citizens regardless of whether they are transitioning out of active guard service or coming out of the army or air force or whatever -- wherever they are coming from. fromso had presentations the secretary of labor and also from caleb cage from nevada, veterans services. and in the second half of that hearing we heard from greg fugate, administrator of the federal emergency management agency would let a dialogue of coreing up strength in the capacities we need to respond in the aftermath of natural disasters, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, whatever hits us. those lessons were incredibly valuable that we discussed coming out of the boston marathon bombing, hurricanes sandy, interoperable andunications and triage
research capacity and the like. i would like to thank all of the governors who joined us, especially governor dalrymple who stepped up. as the vice chair of the committee for governor sanda bell who was not able to be here. i do, mr. chairman. no apologies -- policies to report. >> thank you, governor. i mention that governor walker earlier because i was not sure he was able to be here until now. but once again, scott, do you want to make any closing comments before you take off? >> thank him a check, -- thanks, jack. running such an efficient meeting right on time. thank you for coming to milwaukee, wisconsin. we appreciate it. governors,e all the their families, their extended families and everybody else and all the others who came to our state. if you indulge me for just a minute, i want to thank "visit "visitalking --
milwaukee" we did a fabulous job. richard haggerty was a director and she -- he along with bridget, mary, andrea and suzanne and a whole staff. you saw a lot of the folks going on that's going around with -- i call a blue, but technically turquoise shirts. they were all volunteers from the community helping out. i want to thank all of them. i stopped by the command center last night, but we had a tremendous effort. of natural resources, the wisconsin national guard, emergency management, and a number of state agencies joined with the milwaukee county sheriffs office, the milwaukee police department. wonderful partners at the federal level -- the fbi, the coast guard, that we honored last night, but today is actually coast guard eight. i want to thank all of them. l, on a personal
note, i both this session and earlier ones with your focus of employing people with disabilities, i have been inspired. i take your document and presented it and we will included an october in our small business summit that we have every year. we are going to carve out a segment -- last year, with governor o'malley talked about employing veterans, we did it for veterans last year. we will carve out specifically to talk about the benefits, not the charity, but the benefits of employing people with disabilities. we appreciate your leadership in many ways. and to my friends, governor fallin, who i have not been a friend with -- been a friend with even a year before elected, but we have a bond of being fellow harley riders. friend, governor
hickenlooper, congratulations on being the incoming vice chair. unlike governor nixon and i who cared about beer, i am perfectly comfortable about drinking coors light, because if you did not know it, all the coors light east of the mississippi is brewed here in milwaukee. i am appreciative of that. note, in addition to wishing all of you safe travels, most of you will fly out of general mitchell international airport which is just a few minutes down the way. i will be departing to go just a couple minutes south of that. a suburb of milwaukee. on august 5 of last year, a year from tomorrow, we lost lives at that sikh temple and today we will be memorializing those six lives. i appreciate those who reached out, i appreciate that. but we are not just going to be met -- remembering the lives of our loss. in a real sense, we will be celebrating the unity i saw not
just from the members of that temple but the larger camepolitan community that together and supported them. the shining example they have wisconsinll of us in -- the old adage that martin luther king did, hatred does not drive out hatred, only love does. we certainly saw that in the sikh community and they inspired us all. we will depart -- will be departing for that in a little bit. >> i am pleased if you could pass on to your whole team of volunteers and everyone else our appreciation for the great job they did. i want to thank all of the governors for giving me this opportunity this last year to serve as chair of the nga. it was a great experience for me personally. i think we got a lot done. i really appreciate all the support of the initiative of building the better bottom line, but all the work that we did, whether the visit to washington,
bipartisan delegation of governors visiting washington. the work you have done in the nga committees and the like. i really think advancing the ball. i think many of the reporters who are here were surprised about how little we talked about politics within our meetings, and how much did this really is to advance public policy, whether we are democrats or republicans. and i really appreciated the opportunity to work with all of the governors. i also wanted to thank the nga staff who i believe does an excellent job. did supporting me on the initiative was absolutely first class. as you can tell from people like heather and joan mentioned earlier but all the staff to support our committees and the work going on in federal relations, the nga staff just does an outstanding job. dan, i want to thank you and you entire -- i will thank in a second. but, dan, i want to thank you and your entire team for the great work that you do.
[applause] yes, thank you. with that, i do want to call governor malloy. we had an unbelievably important session yesterday. governor malloy took the lead, along with governor christie.-- and i just wanted very much thank you for that. i'm calling on you now as the chair of the nominating committee to give us the report of the next year's leaders for the nga. >> i would to thank you publicly for your great leadership and your commitment to finding employment opportunities for those with a disability. i've enjoyed working with you on that as well. on behalf of the 2013 dashboard --13-2014 nomination, i move
nominating committee to nominate the following governors to enjoy the executive committee. governor of arkansas, governor walker wisconsin, governor date of minnesota, governor branstad of iowa, governor bullock of montana, governor herbert of utah, governor markell -- who will keep you around -- governor hickenlooper of colorado, and the chair, governorfallin of oklahoma. i move that. >> as second. >> thank you for the second. >> i call for a vote in accepting the nomination. all in favor, say aye. all opposed, say nay. the eyes have it. , with that, governorfallin congratulations, and i am happy to turn this great responsibility and opportunity over to you. [applause] congratulations. >> thank you.
well, thank you so much. governor markel, you have been an outstanding leader of the national governors association,and i very much enjoyed working with you on your initiative on employing those with disabilities and giving them a better tomorrow. you have certainly left your mark on our nation, you have certainly helped so many people around our nation vocus on the importance on helping those with disabilities be able to find jobs.and encouraging us to work with the private sector and even within our state entities to put an emphasis on that particular idea. if you so much be a great leadership. i am certainly looking forward to working with governor hickenlooper of colorado who has been a great friend of mine. we have done several projects together already and i know we will have a wonderful working relationship. a lot of good things we will work on in the future. l, i also want to
say that we know when you are in a leadership position in a national organization, it not only takes a tremendous amount of your time to do your job but also a tremendous amount of your staff's time -- as my staff has reminded me. it takes every -- tremendous amount of staff times i want to say thank you to your staff for all that they have done. [applause] it has been a great pleasure for my staff to work with your staff. our staff will become very close as we continue to move forward. thank you to your staff, and i know she is not here, but i also want to say thank you to your wife carla, the first lady of delaware. she has headed up the spouse is a leadership group and has been on tonight's agenda for the spouses, which is very important national governors association. i know they have had some great
programming and some good wanting among the spouses. please express my thank you to your wonderful wife for all she has done to help with this organization. i also just want to say something to one other person. that is how much we appreciate our spouses because as i move into this position, i have to say thank you to my husband.wade christensen. who is behind me. wade is actually going to be taking over as the first spouse leadership council chair, so that is a new role for him. we are also joined by one of our six children that we have between us, and that is my daughter, christina. always important to have your family's support when you do a job like this, but more importantly, governor, i would
like to extend on behalf of our fellow governors a plaque, a gavel -- maybe it is your final gavel that you can gavel the end of your term that expresses our appreciation. it just says, preventative governor jack markel of delaware in commemoration for your leadership of the national governors association and to tell you how much of the other and staff appreciate your leadership this past year. [applause] thank you so much. i'm very eager to begin this next year. we have a lot of work ahead of us. the nga work is very important, and very valuable to our nation. we had a great week, thank you governor walker, and your team and your staff and all of the volunteers, all of the corporate that made this comment
impossible. we had a great lineup of speakers, topics, and the lot of fun activities. as i mentioned a couple of times, i have done something this week -- like riding a slide, the practice last night on the coast guard boat. all of those things were a lot of fun. the band was fun. you had such a lot of great activities. we really appreciate you on your staff and all the tremendous work you do. yearl of you know, each the national governors association chair has an opportunity to select an initiative to work and focus on as a group of governors across our country. i am proud to be able to announce my initiative. ask the staff to begin passing this out. it is going to be called "america works -- education and training for tomorrow's jobs." i think that is
something -- i think that is something that certainly democrats and republican governors along with our corporate fellows and private sector members are very in tune to an engaged with. we had so many discussions this past week about the importance of our economy, our workforce, education, and how we align all of those systems to be able to meet our individuals -- individual states need and be able to build a highly skilled educator workforce that works for america. know, as global economic regions have become more competitive, not only here and the united states but throughout the world, our workforce demands more specialized services, more specialized skill. we also know we have very scarce public resources that are available for workforce training. we have a lot of different workforce programs. so, we need a thoughtful, con
prehensile of approaches that will prepare our workforce to -- comprehensive approach that will prepare our workforce to keep pace with a competitive global economy. it is an issue that not only calls for national attention but it also calls for gubernatorial attention. our governors can help lead the way in helping us create a workforce in america that meets the demands of our employers and our state and also help with build a highly skilled educator shoreorce so we can re- jumped back to america. bring america back to its greatest. if you look at the statistics internationally, and where america stands and many other nations in skill sets and the education that we have, and you look at our rankings. in the area of reading
alone, if you take 15 year olds reading skills, they ranked 15th in the world out of 34 countries in a current study. old inlook at 15 year math skills, we ranked 25th in the world in math skills. and if you look at science, we ranked34th -- sorry, we 17th in science skills out of 34 countries in our nation. as a nationthat low as great as we are is unacceptable. those are things we can work together as governors to lead america back, to restore them back to the greatness of having one of the best, educated skilled workforce in our nation. nation's future economic security will require significant improvement in our education and workforce program and help us to provide a pipeline to a better skilled educator workforce so we can
meet tomorrow's jobs. it will also require a closer working relationship, closer collaboration with our high schools, our colleges, our workforce training programs, our vocational education programs, and certainly require collaboration with our employers to make sure we know as governors and what type of skills that our employers need. if you consider this, and nearly 50 years ago more than 75% of our jobs in america only required a high school degree or less to get a good wage. today, if you look at that number, it is -- has dropped to four jobs available to high school graduates or dropouts, and fewer of one third of those jobs will pay $25,000 a year. that, looking at it in another way, two thirds of our high school jobs available
today will make less than $25,000. that is not good for our national economy, that is certainly not good for our families, and certainly not good for our children and not good for our future. so, while a high school diploma was sufficient for most of our parents generation -- and yournment, i think mentioned that yesterday -- to have access to a good life, we know that today that we have to have an educated workforce that has mainly an associates degree or a college degree or some type of relevant workforce training meet the newo minimum of what is required for today's jobs and the jobs that we are going to be looking at in the future. as a nation, we have to do a better job of providing for all of our students that opportunity to successfully be able to navigate through our education system. to make sure that they are entering into a pipeline with
some type of either education beyond high school, or into a pipeline with a career technology field. there are too many students that are capping their own potential by limiting their access furthering into the middle class and the quality of life we want to have all of our children. several years ago, the nga launched a major initiative, and it was to have more degree completion within a workforce, within our high schools, without our colleges, with an art career -- and certainly within our career technology program. we call it complete college, america. challenge for us to be able to get more degree completion into the pipe line of our workforce. nationally, we know that just more than three quarters of our public high school students will make it to graduation. if three quarters of them make it to graduation, we know that those that continue on to post
secondary education, we know that only half of them will finish that education. that makes us fall behind as a nation when you look at those international demographics as to where we fall in those rankings with the math and science and the reading skills. two thirds of the american andkforce is now working age one out of four of adults in america lack basic literally skills and also has troubles with numbers. that certainly does not help when it comes to qualifying for the type of jobs we have today. a nation, ouras challenge is governors is very clear. get more students into higher academic standards, not only within our high school systems, but we also have to help them graduate from high school. we have to help them move up into better opportunities by
furthering their education, whether it is going into an associates degree, into a four- year college degree or beyond, or getting a workforce career certificate so they can have a career path of some sort that will help us have a more sustainable, stronger, national economic security for our nation. also have to do several things to be able to meet the challenge. in america works, this program will help us map a pathway, a roadmap, if you will, on how to achieve a stronger, more vibrant economy with a stronger, more highly educated work worse. we believe the first step we have to take as governor in a fit, is to develop a good smarter data, so we know where our workforce falls within each of our states so we can better understand what is needed by our
employers, our industries, our association. so, we are going to work with the private sector. we also work with our state government, with all the different entities, to build collaboration between industry and business and our education pipeline, our workforce pipeline, to make sure we have the skill sets needed in america. we are also going to work on improving the quality and expanding the capacity at the education and training institutions that prepare our workforce. and then we will encourage and create innovative partnerships among our business community, our education institutions, and certainly among governments. there are so many great examples across the various states. make this initiative even a little more tangible to you. there is going to be a slide that we are going to show you. this is just oklahoma alone. we are going to give each of your state this type of analysis of data. because if you do not know where we need a roadmap of
where you are and what you need to be going. when you are looking at chart, you are looking at data on andhoma's workforce education result itself. if you start with the bottom graph, it shows that oklahoma's current education level, the percent of those with a high school diploma -- that is in the blue, the bottom right. the little over 45%. the red grass that you see is there in the middle, it shows that 31% of oklahoma's workforce has some type of college or associate's degree in our workforce. even a career technology certificate. the green bar shows about 15% of oklahoma's workforce has a masters degree or above. shows doctorate or
masters level. if you compare that and you look at the chart up above on their, the top bar shows the percentage breakdown of the degree level required for jobs created that we measured looking at various industries and bills needed, the degrees that will be needed and that workforce skills needed in the years 2010-2020 in oklahoma. the blue bar -- we've got a pretty big gap in the skill set. available forjobs those in the high school degree on the top bar, 22%. h shows as -- grap mismatch on what is needed and what is demanded as we help move them into jobs to help grow our economy. level,education degree
the more associate degrees. higher education degrees. career technology -- those will be needed in the red and the grain in the purple. you see the mismatch even in our state. what weimplest terms, are hoping to do with this initiative is to help states be able to generate the level of pertinent,ill be that will be important for them as they begin to work to level,y specific policy their budgetary strategies within each of their states to begin to align with the results between the education system itself and the needs of an emerging workforce. begin this initiative, we want to make it really clear that the role of education is more than just to prepare individuals, to have some type of degree once they complete. we also want to collaborate with the private sector, the employers, to make sure that our
students, to make sure our working adults have the type of work skills that will be needed and will be pertinent to the types of jobs we will be creating. and we also need to understand the post of secretary degrees and workforce certificates is now the new minimum, the new minimum for our nation. things have changed since our parents went to school 50 years ago. without it, if we don't set these new standards and we don't work on these pipelines for prosperity, our young folks are going to be facing many different hurdles as they tried to enter into the middle class and try to achieve the american dream. and it will also limit our ability as a nation to be able to be stronger and have a more vibrant economy in moving forward. recap it, america works, education and training for tomorrow's jobs, will focus on engaging our education, our
business, i government leaders in a dialogue about what we can do as governors, to be able to work more mostly with our k-12 system, our universities, community colleges, technical colleges, workforce training programs, and certainly helped me the future labor demands. to support our governors and staff with the use of data and information that we will prepare for each of your various states to talk about future labor demands. we are going to prioritize the changes our states need to make in the education and workforce training systems to be able to meet these demands, and then we are going to take action steps to make sure we have the types of results that we desire. i think there is nothing more critical than securing the economic future of america and also being able to prepare the workforce or the 21st-century jobs. are lookingthing we forward to working with each of
our governors. i want to thank the nga staff, richard lane and his team. richard is the director of our division -- he works with the center of this practice with our director of education. where's richard that? way over there. change decide on me. thank you for all you and your team have done putting together this for sure. we will be scheduling several summits across the nation with various governors in the business sector to be able to bring forth the data we are compiling for each state. it will certainly be up to each government to decide what they want to do with the data, how they want implemented and how they want to work with the educational pipelines and the workforce training programs. but i think it is something very critical if we are going to continue to build a more stronger and vibrant economy. and as we all talked about, bringing those jobs back to america, keeping those jobs in america, and making sure our children have the best future besible, and, frankly, to
able to find jobs here in our great nation. so, it has been a great meeting. i want to thank you for the great honor to be able to serve as your chair. governor hickenlooper, ok forward to working with you. again, governor, thank you for all your team has done. it has been a great job. you for markell, thank your service to our nation. and, if there is no further business, we are officially adjourned. [applause] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013]
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